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Published on : Friday, October 21, 2016
In a bid to boost sustainable tourism in India, the country’s Tourism Ministry launched the Implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in association with Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI).
The launch was announced by Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Ministry of Tourism who recalled the MoU signed in March 2016 between ESOI and Government of India to launch the STCI programme across India.
The Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) had been developed for accommodation, tour operators and beaches, backwaters and lakes sectors of the tourism industry after thorough discussions with the stakeholders.
The STCI will follow the guidelines set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) that has been evolved under the guidance of the United Nations’ agencies- UNEP and UNWTO.
Speaking on the occasion, Steve Borgia, the President of ESOI lauded the commitment shown by Ministry of Tourism. CB Ramkumar, Board member ,Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) presented the global picture.